The Department of Psychology offers undergraduate students both a major (31 credits) and a minor (18 credits). Both are designed to expose students to the range of perspectives that make up modern academic psychology: historical and theoretical perspectives; psychological development; and social, cultural, clinical, cognitive, and biological approaches. A complete statement of the program's learning goals can be found here.
Undergraduate courses are taught by faculty accomplished in both theoretical and empirical research. Upper-level seminars are also offered by senior graduate students. Students receive a strong foundation in research methods for the social sciences while enjoying the flexibility to choose from three different areas of study.
The Department’s Honors Program provides qualified students intensive, hands-on research experience working closely with faculty mentors. All undergraduates are encouraged to seek research assistantships with faculty members whose research interests them. Our undergraduate research assistants are currently working in faculty labs on a variety of projects, including infant learning from screen media, cultural studies of emotion, and procedural justice with juvenile offenders.
Classroom learning is augmented by stimulating extracurricular involvement. Undergraduate psychology majors and minors are actively involved in the Psychology Student Association, which organizes social and informational activities within the Department during the academic year. The Psychology Department also hosts a Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society. Psi Chi organizes community service and internship opportunities for members while maintaining a strong emphasis on academic scholarship.